Country Guide: Kosovo

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Updated: November 30, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Convention Marchandises Routiers (CMR) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list stating origin and creator of art items
  • Detailed valued inventory stating quantity, unit value and total value (the value should be different from the insurance value)
  • Request for temporary import (issued from the employer in Kosovo) for Customs.
  • Letter of Employment (showing the duration of stay)
  • Lease Agreement / Rental Contract (showing address of temporary residence)
  • Bank Guaranty (must be equivalent to amount of total calculated Customs duties (provided by the employer).
  • Copy of Kosovo ID (returning residents)
  • Certificate of Residence  (returning residents)
  • Customs Export Declaration (from previous export)
  • Copy of United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) ID
  • Work Certificate made in Pristina by the Organization (Diplomats)


Specific Information

  • Full duties are payable on goods identified on the Customs Export Declaration if bought less than 6 months prior to import.
  • For private import, vehicles must be less than 6 years old and must belong to the shipper.
  • For companies and organizations, imported vehicles must be less than 6 years old and must belong to the shipper. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required                                          

  • Original Registration Card
  • Original Sales Certificate / Purchase Invoice


Specific Information

  • All documents required for personal effects are necessary for the import of motor vehicles.
  • The following should be stated in the shipping advice: model, type, number of chassis, number of doors, year of production, fuel, cubic centimeter, engine number, color, etc.
  • The owner must be present with Passport at the Customs terminal for clearance.
  • For non-diplomatic shipments, full duties are payable if the car has been bought less than 6 months prior to import. 


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate


Specific Information

  • The Veterinarian Health Certificate must indicate that the animals are in a healthy physical condition prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plant and plant products (permission and Phytosanitary Certificate are required); the Phytosanitary Certificate must indicate that the plants do not have harmful organisms
  • Animal and animal products (permission is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), smoking tobacco (250 g)
    • Alcoholic beverages over 22% volume (1 L)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, ammunition and explosives
  • Pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit money and goods

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.